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British Brewery Creates World’s Strongest Beer

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A British brewery has created what it claims is the world’s strongest beer – coming in at 32% alcohol by volume.

The creation of Scottish brewery BrewDog, named ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’, beats the previous record holder, a 31% German beer called Schorschbraer.

BrewDog, based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, previously attracted controversy in July this year when they released Tokyo*, an 18% beer, which was branded ‘irresponsible’ by health campaigners.

But with only 500 bottles of Tactical Nuclear Penguin going on sale, priced at £30 a bottle (plus post and packaging), it seems unlikely to become the binge-drinker’s tipple of choice.

The stout was aged for 16 months in whisky casks, then stored at -20ºC for three weeks to increase the alcohol content.

The company said in a blog post that Tactical Nuclear Penguin ‘should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures.’ They say that a warning label on the bottle states: ‘This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance. In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.

BrewDog founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, enjoying Tactical Nuclear Penguin while dressed as penguins

The creation of Scottish brewery BrewDog, named ‘Tactical Nuclear Penguin’, beats the previous record holder, a 31% German beer called Schorschbraer.

BrewDog, based in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, previously attracted controversy in July this year when they released Tokyo*, an 18% beer, which was branded ‘irresponsible’ by health campaigners.

But with only 500 bottles of Tactical Nuclear Penguin going on sale, priced at £30 a bottle (plus post and packaging), it seems unlikely to become the binge-drinker’s tipple of choice.

The stout was aged for 16 months in whisky casks, then stored at -20ºC for three weeks to increase the alcohol content.

The company said in a blog post that Tactical Nuclear Penguin ‘should be enjoyed in spirit sized measures.’ They say that a warning label on the bottle states: ‘This is an extremely strong beer, it should be enjoyed in small servings and with an air of aristocratic nonchalance. In exactly the same manner that you would enjoy a fine whisky, a Frank Zappa album or a visit from a friendly yet anxious ghost.’

As well as selling the bottles for £30, BrewDog – which has become increasingly popular with beer enthusiasts – is also offering a £250 version which includes a stake in the company. They say they are offering the equity in an attempt to raise money to build a new, carbon-neutral brewery in Aberdeen.

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